AGA’s presence in Washington D.C. leverages the longstanding profile of our Founder and CEO, Adam Schwarz, to advocate to the United States government on issues relevant to Southeast Asia. Our work in Washington D.C. allows us to harness critical policy and trade discussions that impact global regulatory trends.
Adam Schwarz is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Asia Group Advisors, where he counsels senior executives on business opportunities in key Southeast Asian markets and how to effectively manage political, economic, and security risks. Based in Southeast Asia since 1987, Mr. Schwarz has a deep set of relationships with business, political and civil-society leaders across the region and is considered a leading global authority on Indonesia.
From 2001 to 2013, Mr. Schwarz worked for McKinsey & Company in Southeast Asia where he served private and public sector clients in the energy, telecom, agribusiness. and financial sectors. He advised clients on issues ranging from corporate strategy, organizational change, board governance, strategic communications, and regional economic integration. He was one of the global leaders of McKinsey’s Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice, where he supported clients on issues related to green business opportunities, renewable energy, sustainability standards, and climate change policy.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Mr. Schwarz worked as correspondent and bureau chief in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam for the Far Eastern Economic Review. He is considered a leading authority on the political dynamics in Southeast Asia, and is author of A Nation in Waiting, a highly acclaimed work on contemporary Indonesian history. Valued for his regional expertise and experience, Schwarz is a frequent guest speaker and commentator on regional issues.
Mr. Schwarz has served as advisor to the U.S. State Department, Defense Department, the World Bank, and the Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and the United States. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for both the Jakarta-based Centre for Public Policy Transformation and the Washington D.C.-based U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO). He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, where he lectures on political, economic and security issues across Southeast Asia.
He was awarded a Luce Scholar fellowship from the Henry Luce Foundation, and was the 1997-98 recipient of the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations. Schwarz graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and holds an MBA degree in International Business from Columbia University where he was awarded a University Fellowship for Professional Achievement.
Orit Frenkel is a global government affairs professional with deep expertise in international economic and Asia policy issues. She has years of experience working both in government and industry. She currently serves as CEO at Frenkel Strategies specializing in finding solutions for companies and governments to complex global challenges.
Previously, she served at GE as Senior Manager for Global Government Affairs and Policy and was responsible for coordinating GE’s response to trade policy and regulatory issues. She started her career working in the Office of the US Trade Representative where she was the Director for Trade in High Technology Products and Deputy Director for Trade with Japan.